TLC continue to revisit their history in a series of new interviews for their upcoming TLC Forever documentary on Lifetime Network.
As part of the promotion for their upcoming TLC Forever documentary, the girls are going back over their journey for a new generation of fans. One of the most shocking tales is how the women were virtually broke despite having the biggest album in the world at the time. As a result, they rolled up on their label head Clive Davis and demanded answers.
Surviving TLC members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas have kept the group and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes memory alive through their colorful recollections of what they’d been through in the past. During an interview with DJ Vlad, the girls talk about being heavily involved in their VH1 biopic starring Lil Mama, Keke Palmer, and Drew Sidora. When questioned about the infamous incident of them pulling up to the label and holding Clive Davis hostage, they opened up how it was depicted in the movie.
“Well, first of all, we didn’t pull out any guns on Clive, but we did have a moment,” Chilli confessed. “They put the Arista part in there, but it needed to stay clean as well,” T-Boz admitted. She went on to say that of the $75 million dollars generated on their sophomore album CrazySexyCool, they “really didn’t get any.” When they questioned L.A Reid, he directed them towards Arista Records. “So that’s where we went,” T-Boz said with a chuckle.
In other interviews, they talked about the scene they did include in the film and expanded on the story. “People get to see that in the movie, but I personally would have liked to see a little bit more of that,” Chilli admitted. “We got tired of it. Is it Arista, or is it LaFace? Who has the money?” The girls raged the office and told their friends to take anything that had “TLC” on it.
The girls have later admitted that maybe one of their friends outside might have had a gun, but that everything was squashed, and Clive ended up giving them some money. As the group is gearing up for their upcoming TLC Forever Documentary special the story has resurfaced again. T-Boz claims the group stole item in Clive’s office that had TLC’s name on it. After leaving the label, the group dropped all of their plaques in the hood.
When TLC filed bankruptcy, Artista demanded the plaques be returned. However, TLC suggested they go to the projects and them. Eventually Arista had to take it as a loss. The upcoming TLC Forever Documentary will be released in June.